CN Centre · Friday, June 10, 1 pm to 8 pm · Saturday, June 11, 10 am to 6 pm · Sunday, June 12, 10 am to 4 pm

Somehow, I was going to find a way to incorporate cars into the BC Gourmet Arts Festival.
I mean, there is a peripheral connection given the presence of food trucks, but I admit it's a tenuous one. Vehicles and food have always been linked in ways difficult to deny. Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908; Kirby's Pig Stand, considered the first drive-in diner, went up only 13 years later. That's right, the concept of a drive-in diner is over a century old. The first drive-thru was built in 1947.
How many period films set between the 50s and 80s feature the iconic visual of a drive-in diner? Even today, encouraged by the pandemic, drive-in diners are starting to make a comeback. Like food, cars can define a period or culture. They are both characterized by their creator and personalized by consumers. Outside of those ambiguous associations, whenever I drive my car to a local meet, it's often situated near a café, diner, or food truck.
So, in my humble opinion, adding a show & shine to the BC Gourmet Arts Festival was a given. That being said, we wanted this event to stand out, more so than others occurring that same month. We have teamed up with the local Prince George Imports and Domestics club to create a show and shine dedicated to newer vehicles.
The farmer's market will also be in attendance, creating a truly unique community event mixing local and provincial food vendors with food trucks and show cars. Undoubtedly every day of the BC Gourmet Arts Festival will offer something different, from the chili cookoff to a junk-in-the-trunk sale.
As for the car show itself, here are the details:
  • All cars post-1980 are invited to turn out.
  • Attendance is free, but donations are welcome.
  • Cars should arrive before 10:00 am, and it's first-come, first-placed (so if you want a good spot, show up early).
  • Cars cannot leave before 3:00 pm with the winners announced at 3:00 pm.
Yes, unlike many other events like this, people will be able to vote for their favorite cars. Categories are broken up into domestics and imports, with trophies and medals being handed out to the top 3 in each class.
To stress, any reasonably nice vehicle built in 1980 or later is welcome, and the showier, the better. Bring your best rides and enjoy the food while you're here. Anyone with further questions should reach out to me at DiasExMachina@gmail.com or visit the Prince George Imports and Domestics club (PGID) on Facebook.